HIGH NOTES AVANTE inspires, gives hope and connects those touched by mental illness through artistic expression.

We are proud to have been awarded “Best Creative Innovation” at Richmond Hill’s Economic Development Committee’s 7th Creative symposium. Please CLICK HERE to watch the short video with our Artistic & Executive Director, Ingrid Taheri, speaking about our charity.

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Music and words have the power to create social change, inspire, empower and give hope to those touched by mental illnessOur ‘image raising’ events feature world class performances and speakers, and showcase the lives and talents of artists and personalities who are living good lives despite having an existing or past mental health challenge. We aim to erase stigma, educate, create community and save lives by encouraging others to reach out and also share their stories.

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. If 1 in 5 people are affected and we all know someone who suffers, we should show the same compassion and respect for those affected by mental illness as for those affected by physical illness. Our events are therapeutic for those affected and an eye opener for the community at large. We invite you to get involved because WE ALL HAVE A (mental health) STORY

“Your kindness and empathy vis-à-vis our collective mental health struggles is unsurpassed.”

- Grammy Awarded Singer/Songwriter Dan Hill

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JULY 16 @ 7:30 pm ‘A.part.of’ VIRTUAL CONCERT with High Notes Avante at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts. During Covid-19 we can not attend live events but we can still be part of something together while staying safe at home. We invite you to join this virtual concert with the AMICI CHAMBER ENSEMBLE, PRIYANA & FRANK HORVAT. FREE–courtesy of the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts. JOIN HERE.

July 23rd from 1:00-2:00 pm. LOOKING AFTER OUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19 This interactive webinar will provide you with a meaningful understanding of how Covid-19 is affecting the mental health of us all. It will provide five coping strategies to assist in optimizing your mental health and develop resilience during these challenging times. Discussion includes: What makes this so difficult, coping strategies, constructive vs. destructive worry, applying diversionary tactics, creating healthy boundaries, practising self-compassion and expressing gratitude. Kindly register HERE. First come, first serve. The seminar is offered at NO COST by Sue-Ann Maislin and Dr. Susan Kagan.

FREE BI-WEEKLY MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP: These bi-weekly Monday Zoom meetings will be facilitated by Psychologist Dr. Shulamit Mor and Ingrid Taheri., Artistic & Executive Director of High Notes Avante. Group participants will determine topics of interest for discussion and help each other by offering support and advice. Please REGISTER HERE to get the zoom invitation for the first meeting tentatively set to July 27th at 6 PM. First come, first serve.

OCTOBER 28, 2020 HIGH NOTES GALA CONCERT FOR MENTAL HEALTH: Luba Goy will be back at the FLATO MARKHAM THEATRE for another High Notes Gala concert with artists and personalities sharing their experience with mental illness. Amongst the performers we proudly welcome the AMICI CHAMBER ENSEMBLE for the first time. We are also proud to have pianist and composer, Frank Horvat, Actor Jamie Robinson, Singer/Songwriter Priyana, Concert Pianist and Clinical Psychologist, Shula Mor and the HIGH NOTES VOICES choir led by Sina Fallah. Tickets from the original date (April 21) will be honored. PLEASE NOTE: We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and are prepared to move the concert to a future date in order to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE or call 905.305.7469(SHOW)


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